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We have a week of rainy cool Fall weather here in the Midwest, so I plan on finding some extra slow, cozy moments with my hands wrapped around a warm mug!
A mug full of homemade, no-sugar Salted Caramel Pumpkin Latte to be specific.
Fall Season = Pumpkin Season
Rainy fall season means it is pumpkin season! Every time I go to the store, I find myself grabbing a can of pumpkin.
They are piling up at home and I couldn’t be happier about it. I have pumpkin plans ya’ll!
I was giddy when I saw that this recipe called for a good 1/3 cup of pumpkin. Talk about a fun way to get some veggies in!
Put milk into a saucepan. Add teabags. Steep the teabags in milk for 5-7 minutes & warm to desired temperature. Add chai concentrate. Stir. Pour into 2 mugs, sit with a loved one and sip slow.
Hint: if you don’t have pumpkin spice tea (my favorite is from Trader Joes) you can use black tea or rooibos tea and sprinkle in a little pumpkin pie spice. Also, the brand of chai I like is Oregon Chai Concentrate. Tazo is another popular brand but its cardamom flavor is too strong for my taste.
2-3 dashes of cayenne or a pinch of red pepper flakes
pinch of salt
Brew a double strength coffee. Heat the almond milk until quite hot. Add cocoa powder. Whisk the cocoa powder into the milk, briskly stirring until all clumps have melted away. Stir in the coffee, spices and maple syrup. Adjust the sweetness and spice according to your own taste. Snuggle up in your favorite chair and sip slow.
Hint: if you don’t have vanilla flavored almond milk, just add a drop or two of vanilla extract.
Best Ever Hot Chocolate
8 oz milk of your choice (almond, soy, dairy)
3 Dove chocolates (or your favorite brand chocolate square, milk or dark, I like dark)
1-2 teaspoons Godiva Chocolate liqueur
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar (optional)
Heat in microwave until hot (less than 2 minutes.) Whisk until combined.
Squeeze 2 wedges of lemon into your tea cup. Add the wedges into the cup for added benefits of the oils from the lemon skin. Add 2 slices of ginger. Heat water in a tea kettle–I love my electric one that heats in minutes. Pour over ginger and lemon. Add honey and stir. Steep for a good 5 minutes. Strain, hug the mug, inhale the steam and sip slow.